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Vanderbilt building children’s health-care service in Murfreesboro

Vanderbilt building children’s health-care service in Murfreesboro

Scott Broden, Murfreesboro Daily News Journal
Published 3:09 p.m. CT Oct. 30, 2018 | Updated 4:45 p.m. CT Oct. 30, 2018

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is offering to buy up to 14 acres from the Murfreesboro City Council in the Gateway area to build a Pediatric Clinic and Ambulatory Surgery Center.
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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt broke ground Monday on a new 37,500-square-foot for pediatric specialty care in Murfreesboro’s Gateway area. 

The future $27.2 million health-care office is expected to open by late 2019 and will provide after-hours urgent care, outpatient surgery and imaging services to children in Rutherford and surrounding counties, according to a news release.

Murfreesboro Planning Commission Chairman Bob Lamb is pleased with Vanderbilt adding another service to the city’s Gateway area off Medical Center Parkway. 

“I feel it’s a great addition to medical services currently being offered to residents of the mid-state area in Murfreesboro,” Lamb said during a Tuesday phone interview. “It further augments our medical campus located in the Gateway area. It’s a win-win situation for the residents of Murfreesboro, as well as the surrounding counties.” 

Vanderbilt expects to staff the future office with about 80 employees, including doctors and nurses with hopes to expand in the future.The city is building a road to connect the future office to nearby Thompson Lane. 

Vanderbilt responds to growth

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland said in the news release that the city is excited about the Vanderbilt University Medical Center plans. 

“The Children’s Specialty and After-Hours Clinic on Kennedy Drive off Medical Center Parkway is already meeting the unique health needs of children,” McFarland said. “When VUMC opens its new facility, it will have a tremendous economic impact to our community with high-paying health care jobs and the quality of medical services Vanderbilt provides.”  

The future Vanderbilt office will be near Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, TrustPoint Hospital, Primary Care & Hope Clinic and other health-care offices. 

Vanderbilt provides inpatient and outpatient care daily to over 1,700 children and their families, and the number of families seeking care from VUMC in Middle Tennessee and beyond is growing, according to a statement from Luke Gregory, chief executive officer of the Children’s Hospital.

“As we continue to expand, we want to ensure that our quality specialty care is available to families when they need it, close to home,” Gregory said in the news release. “We are thankful and proud of the tremendous community support for this project, which we could not do without our many wonderful community partners.”

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Urgent care services coming

Folks pose with shovels to celebrate the groundbreaking for a future Vanderbilt children’s health-care office in Murfreesboro’s Gateway area. (Photo: Submitted)

The future single-story Vanderbilt office will be on Garrison Drive and offer 22 multi-specialty clinic rooms, after-hours urgent care services, a suite of operating rooms, imaging capabilities such as MRI, CT and X-ray, audiology booths for hearing tests and procedural areas, according to the news release.

Pediatric specialties that will be on site include gastroenterology, general surgery, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, audiology and urology. 

In 2016, Children’s Hospital opened a Vanderbilt Children’s After-Hours and Pediatric Specialty Clinic location in Murfreesboro, located on Kennedy Drive, not far from the where the new pediatric care office will be built

The clinic provides pediatric specialty care in the areas of cardiology, neurology, general surgery, gastroenterology and urology.

The After-Hours clinic provides walk-in care for children of all ages when most pediatricians’ offices have closed for the day or weekend.

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